National Do Not Call Registry

Are you tired of getting telemarketing calls at all hours of the day on your cell phone, or at night when you are trying to relax?  There is a way to eliminate most of these calls completely by registering your numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry.

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at the donotcall.gov Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free. On this site you will also have the ability to verify any numbers you may have added to the registry and  you may file a complaint for unwanted calls.

You may file a complaint if you received an unwanted call after your number was on the National Registry for 31 days.

You can register your numbers at www.donotcall.gov. or register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY).

Some states have statewide do-not-call lists for residents as well. Check with a state’s public service commission or consumer protection office to see if a list is available. Contact information can be found through National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

 Also please note, you still may receive political calls, charitable calls, debt collection calls, informational calls, and telephone survey calls. In addition, companies may still call if you’ve recently done business with the company, or if you’ve given the company written permission to call you. However, if you ask a company not to call you again, it must honor your request. Record the date of your request.

Finally, don’t be afraid to hang up on illegal sales calls!  If your number is on the Registry, and you get a sales call, or you get an illegal robocall, don’t interact in any way. Don’t press buttons to be taken off the call list or to talk to a live person. Doing so will probably lead to more unwanted calls.  Instead, hang up and file a complaint with the FTC.

To read this article on FTC, click HERE